The SF +F Short Film Festival, sponsored by the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, has just opened its virtual doors for entries. If you're an aspiring genre filmmaker, this is a great way to get your work seen.

Caveat: I am a judge for this festival. But don't expect any special treatment for calling something in your movie an io9!

Here are the details, from festival organizers:

Science fiction and fantasy cinema filmmakers can now submit their films for Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum's (EMP|SFM) 2011 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF). The 6th annual festival will screen 20 films at the renowned Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, Washington in early 2011.

EMP|SFM, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is encouraging original and creative science fiction film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length for the festival. The festival will accept original entries created no earlier than January 2006. The festival will accept animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). The festival will not accept horror submissions.

SFFSFF will bring together industry professionals to judge the top films in the festival. Judges from past festivals include Chris Weitz, Howard McCain, Daniel Myrick and Marc Scott Zickree. The jury will award Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. The audience will determine the Audience Favorite award during the festival.

Submission deadlines are June 30 (early deadline), Aug. 15 (final deadline) and Sept. 15 (late deadline). Entry fees vary from $15 to $60, depending on submission date.

For additional rules and regulations, view the film festival site.